West Jefferson — At the Appalachian Regional Library meeting on July 19, Appalachian Regional Libraries Director Jane Blackburn presented a plan to increase the pay of Appalachian Regional Library employees across the board by the end of 2021.
BOONE — Opponents running for state House representative in North Carolina’s 93rd district, encompassing both Watauga and Ashe counties, joined together to speak against gerrymandering during a “Draw Your Own Districts” redistricting workshop hosted by Common Cause North Carolina at the Boon…
The Ashe County Board of Commissioners continued its discussion with Ashe County Animal Control about purchasing the department new rifles during its regular meeting on the third floor of the Ashe County Courthouse July 16 at 9 a.m.
WEST JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Board of Aldermen denied voluntary annexation to The Highlander Company’s two properties near West Town Way during the board’s July 10 meeting.
LANSING — A new five-year plan for the town of Lansing was presented to the town board of aldermen by the Greater Lansing Area Development committee during a July 10 regular town meeting.
WEST JEFFERSON — The town of West Jefferson’s sign ordinance has been altered, as the West Jefferson Board of Aldermen voted to delete section 1114©(2) from the ordinance in their July 10 meeting.
JEFFERSON — Ashe County District Court saw many of the county’s recently-arrested appear on July 12. Dustin G. Baker, Brian K. Dishman, Charles A. Dishman, Tyler T. Gilley, Joey L. Hamm and Joshua D. Maine all saw their cases continued to a later date.
JEFFERSON — Some passing cars beeped their horns, others revved their engines at smiling Democrats standing on the curb of East Main Street, waving flags and campaign signs in celebration of their newly opened Ashe County Democratic Party Headquarters beside Real Life Church from 11 a.m. to …
WEST JEFFERSON — New River Conservancy has tentatively agreed to purchase Camp Elk Shoals, consisting of some 350 acres of land on the banks of the South Fork of the New River for a price of around $2.3 million, according to the conservancy’s president.
CRESTON — The Blue Ridge Conservancy purchased 135 acres of land in Creston June 16, according to the Ashe County Register of Deeds Office.
RALEIGH — Lenoir County will receive more than $7.9 million in federal and state funds to buyout 83 homeowners flooded by Hurricane Matthew, North Carolina Emergency Management announced.
Wake Forest Baptist Medical Center has filed papers with the North Carolina Department of Health Services Regulation for an exemption from Certificate of Need review to renovate two floors on its Winston-Salem campus. Since the renovation will not change the number of the Medical Center’s ex…
JEFFERSON — U.S. Department of Agriculture Farm Service Agency Executive Director Julia Houck in Ashe/Alleghany County announced that producers who file accurate and timely reports for all crops and land uses, including failed acreage, can prevent the potential loss of FSA program benefits.
JEFFERSON — Ashe Memorial Hospital has ventured into new territory, embarking on a partnership with Campbell University’s Jerry M. Wallace School of Osteopathic Medicine, located in Lillington.
ASHE COUNTY — Progress on the U.S. 221 widening project is gradually moving forward — as much as it has been since construction began in summer 2015, according to the North Carolina Division of Highways.
JEFFERSON — Ashe County’s recently charged appeared in district court on Thursday, July 5. Brian K. Dishman, Aaron M. Evans, Cody S. Flanagan, India D. Huffman and Cory D. Little all saw their cases continued to a later date.
RALEIGH — One-stop early voting locations must be open for 12 hours on weekdays and all county early-voting sites must have uniform hours, according to a new law passed by the North Carolina General Assembly.
JEFFERSON — In the July 2 session of Ashe County Superior Court, four of Ashe County’s cases had their day in court. Pamela D. Ball and Brandon W. Holman had review dates set, while Brian D. Eller and Earl D. Marmie saw their cases continued.
JEFFERSON — Many of Ashe County’s recent arrests had their day in district court June 28. Latashia R. Hamm, Brandy M. Parrish and Paul A. Smith II were sentenced, while Garry F. Burns, Brian K. Dishman, Charles A. Dishman and Aaron M. Evans saw their cases continued to a later date.
RALEIGH – To assist drivers during the busy July 4 holiday this week, the N.C. Department of Transportation will suspend most road construction activities that can cause lane closures on major routes across the state.
Ashe County Animal Shelter hours have been extended by the board of commissioners to Monday through Friday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., and Saturday by appointment only from 8 a.m. to noon.
WEST JEFFERSON — The West Jefferson Board of Aldermen held a brief special meeting at town hall to make a budget amendment and decide on a contractor to pave the cemetery on Wednesday, June 27, at 11:45 a.m.
JEFFERSON — The AppHealthCare public health staff, in partnership with Ashe County Animal Control and Ashe County Emergency Management, are together to notify the community in and around Ashe County’s Creston community of confirmed rabies cases. There have been four confirmed cases of rabies…
Lynna Kate Reeves was born May 22, 2018 at 2:31 p.m. to parents Derek and Crystal. Lynna weighed 9 pounds, 15 ounces at birth, and has an older brother, Tanner. Her maternal grandparents are Ronnie and Penny Brown, paternal grandparents are Libby Reeves and the late Russell Reeves. Lynna’s m…
JEFFERSON — Jefferson aldermen voted to deny a conditional use permit to Mt. Jefferson Child Development for a proposed childcare center at 225 Valley Drive in a 3-2 vote, during their June 25 meeting.
JEFFERSON — Minutes before approving the budget for the 2018-19 fiscal year, the Jefferson aldermen voted some last minute additions onto the final budget in their June 25 meeting.
RALEIGH — The future U.S. 221/U.S. 421 overpass in the Deep Gap community will be named in honor of the late U.S. Army Sgt. Dillon Christopher Baldridge, as part of a provision in a technical budget corrections bill that passed into law at midnight Tuesday, June 26, without the governor’s si…
CRESTON — The Ashe County Sheriff’s Office has reported the findings of a suspected Dimethyltryptamine lab located at 5493 Three Top Road, in the Todd and Creston communities. Dimethyltryptamine is more commonly known as DMT.
BOONE — On Feb. 13, 2017, the Harper Corporation and Garney Construction Company, Inc. were provided with the Notice to Proceed on the Boone Water Line, Water Treatment Plant Intake and Booster Pump Station Project. The following is an project update summarizing recent and future work.
WEST JEFFERSON — After weeks of searching, Ashe County High School has announced the potential hiring of a new assistant principal/athletic director and another new assistant principal.
FLEETWOOD — The Stonebridge subdivision, a 500-acre, 246-home development, plans to petition the Ashe County Board of Commissioners for reassignment to the Fleetwood fire district.
Editor's Note: This story has been updated to reflect the correct amount of space needed between shoulders when paving a Minor Residential/Non-residential street.
JEFFERSON — After four days of budget workshops, the Ashe County Board of Commissioners unanimously approved a nearly $45 million operating budget for fiscal year 2018-2019.
JEFFERSON — The Ashe County Board of Commissioners have announced a public hearing, to be held July 23, at 5:30 p.m., to discuss the possible abolishment of the Social Services Board.